Camden’s West Yard had just had a street food make over and London’s street food craze has no intention of stopping. Kerb are taking London by storm and they have finally committed to a permanent location in Camden and are bringing 35 street food traders with them.
Now, it would be next to impossible to review all 35 stalls in one article, (almost as impossible as trying to get to get Scott to go to Camden on a bank holiday), so I’ll simply point out my highlights…
Deep-fried cheese, yum. Do I need to say more?
These fingers of halloumi are fried until they are crispy on the outside and squidgy in the middle. They’re topped with yoghurt, mint, chilli and pomegranate seeds. They’re perfect for sharing between two.
I must admit, I was nervous approaching this stand. Squid can so easily be over cooked and go horribly chewy. These little bits of Squid were deep fried to perfection and they’re served with the choice of three pastel mayos.
The Mac Factory London
I can’t resist Mac ‘n’ Cheese – nothing can beat pasta covered in cheese sauce. But what makes them so addictive is their sourdough-based parmesan and thyme crumble.
Desserts are often an afterthought at street food festivals, but make sure you save room for these ice-cream cookie sandwiches. Creamy ice-cream is sandwiched between two soft-baked cookies, you can either add caramel sauce of chocolate chips.
Kerb Camden, West Yard, Camden Market, Camden, NW1
Summer is just around the corner and with it brings the enticing prospect of eating outdoors. In foresight the idea is wonderful, but in reality you’re shooing away wasps and eating burnt, charcoal tasting chicken. Enter Dinerama.
It’s a day-to-night street food market in Shoreditch and is opened four days a week. It’s a foodies paradise and is home to the likes of Smokestak, Breddos, BBQ Lab and Yum Bun.
I kicked things off at the Big Bar with the girls from work and with a couple of trouble makers in hand we headed straight to the Cheeky Italian. I went for the Crab Mac ‘n’ Cheese. You may think this perfect dish doesn’t need any extra ingredients, but I’m afraid to say that you are wrong. The addition of crab just works and you just have to try this heavenly pasta pot.
Next I went to Yum Bun and oh my, these were so good. The buns are fluffy and soft, and filled with tender, salty pork belly. I wolfed them down so quickly that I forgot to take a photo, whoops.
By this point I was nicely filling up, but still wanted more. I headed to Duck ‘n’ roll and ordered their crispy duck bites. They were served with a spicy plum sauce, which went perfectly with the little nuggets.
You Doughnut was by far the highlight of my trip to Dinerama. Esme couldn’t finish her portion so of course I just had to help her eat them. They were as light as air and were topped with salted caramel pieces and chocolate icecream.
Dinerama is a great place in London for a spot of dinner, especially if you can’t make your mind up about what you want.
Dinerama, 19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ, nearest station Shoreditch Highstreet.